Sanwo-Olu’s Full Text To Lagosians
Babajide Sanwo-Olu, the winner of the Lagos State governorship election, has extended appreciation to the people of Lagos for voting for him.
On Monday morning, Sanwo-Olu said he was honored to be re-elected as Governor of Lagos State and promised to continue working relentlessly to produce a better Lagos for everybody.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) proclaimed Sanwo-Olu of the All Progressives Congress (APC) the winner of the Lagos gubernatorial election on Sunday night. Sanwo-Olu received 762,134 votes to defeat the Labour Party’s Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivour, who received 312,329 votes, and Abdulazeez Adeniran of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), who received 62,449 votes.
Sanwo-Olu responded to his triumph by tweeting, “Thank you Lagosians! I am deeply humbled and grateful for the overwhelming support and trust of the good people of Lagos State. I am honored to be re-elected as your Governor and pledge to continue to work tirelessly to deliver a better Lagos for all. Thank you for believing in me.”
Sanwo-Olu further stated that he personally put his views in a letter to the people of Lagos, hoping that they would read it and feel his love for Lagos and for them. He praised Almighty God, Lagos, his party, the APC, and President-Elect Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu for their overwhelming support.
He also thanked President Muhammadu Buhari for his commitment to leave a legacy of justice and electoral outcomes that represent popular desire. Sanwo-Olu praised his wife, Ibijoke, his Deputy Governor, Dr. Kadri Obafemi Hamzat, and all other candidates for their efforts, saying that Lagos has chosen competence and experience on its path to ultimate grandeur.
The Lagos State Governor also addressed the campaign’s divisive language, stating that elections should be about talent, competence, and experience, not ethnicity or religion. He praised individuals who refused to be split by divisive and damaging ethnic profiling.
Read the Governor’s full text to Lagosians and the public:
“I am deeply humbled and grateful for the overwhelming support and trust of the good people of Lagos State. I am honored to be re-elected as your Governor and pledge to continue to work tirelessly to deliver a better Lagos for all.
“Thank you for believing in me. I have personally penned my thoughts in a letter to you. I hope you read it and truly feel my passion for Lagos and for you. These elections have deeply tested us as a people. This victory is not just mine, but it belongs to every Lagosian.
“I have worked hard to live up to this responsibility of governing the most important subnational economy in Africa. We certainly could not have done this by ourselves. Thank you to the Almighty God and all of Lagos. Immense gratitude goes to our great party, APC, and our President-Elect, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
“Thank you to the President of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, for your commitment to leaving a legacy of fairness and electoral outcomes that reflect the will of the people.
“Thank you to my wife, Ibijoke, my Deputy Governor, Dr. Kadri Obafemi Hamzat, and all fellow contestants for their contributions. Lagos has chosen competence and experience, on this march to true greatness.
“During the course of the campaign, we sadly saw a lot of divisive rhetoric used. Elections should be about capacity, competence, and experience, not ethnicity or religion.
“I salute those who refused to be divided by hateful and hurtful ethnic profiling. Recent skirmishes in some LGAs resulting in injuries are reprehensible and not reflective of who we are. Law enforcement and security agencies have been directed to ensure that those found culpable face the full wrath of the law.
“Very importantly, and this cannot be overemphasized: What unites us as Lagosians is far more important and substantial than whatever differences exist among us.
“As your Governor, I will do everything in my power to ensure that genuine healing takes place. We will continue to run an inclusive government that delivers for all the people of Lagos, wherever in the State they may be living.
“The true Lagos spirit is a welcoming, embracing, liberal one, not a divisive, exclusionary one. In the days and weeks and months ahead, we will continue to do everything to demonstrate and amplify this.
“We must reaffirm the spirit of solidarity and togetherness that binds us as Lagosians. Our work will continue, and there will be no break. The dividends of democracy must continue to be delivered. Thank you once again dear Lagosians. Igbega Ipinle Eko, Ajumose Ni O!”